Around 10,000 folks rallied in Bangladesh’s capital metropolis, Dhaka, on Tuesday to protest France’s president and his staunch assist of secular legal guidelines that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected beneath freedom of speech.
It was the most important protest in opposition to the cartoons in latest days.
Protesters from the conservative Islami Andolon Bangladesh group — which helps the introduction of Islamic regulation within the Muslim-majority South Asian nation — carried banners and placards studying: “All Muslims of the world, unite” and “Boycott France.”
Some carried portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron with an “X” on his face. One carried a cutout picture of Macron with sneakers round his neck as an indication of insult.
The demonstrations observe a grotesque beheading close to Paris of a French instructor who confirmed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in school. The 18-year-old Chechen refugee who carried out the assault was later shot useless by police.
The instructor, Samuel Paty, has been heralded as a logo of France’s staunch secular beliefs and its rejection of spiritual intrusion in public spheres. Macron and members of his authorities have vowed to proceed supporting such caricatures as protected beneath freedom of expression.
Muslim politicians, non secular students and on a regular basis folks have condemned such depictions as a type of hate speech and look at them as sacrilegious and insulting to Islam. Muslims have been calling for each protests and a boycott of French items in response to France’s stance on caricatures of Islam’s most revered prophet.
Five years in the past, French-born al-Qaeda extremists killed 12 workers of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in response to its publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Those cartoons additionally sparked mass protests in Muslim-majority nations, with some turning lethal.
Elsewhere, Iran summoned a French diplomat to protest France’s stance on the caricatures. A report by state TV Tuesday mentioned an Iranian official informed the French diplomat that Paris’ response after Paty’s killing was “unwise” and that France was allowing hatred in opposition to Islam beneath the guise of assist for freedom of expression.
A strong affiliation of clerics within the Iranian metropolis of Qom additionally urged the federal government to sentence Macron. Iranian hard-line newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz depicted Macron because the satan and known as him Satan in a cartoon on its entrance web page Tuesday.
Pakistan’s parliament handed a decision condemning the publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
Protests in a number of nations
In Saudi Arabia, the nation’s state-run Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday put out a press release from the Foreign Ministry saying the dominion “rejects any attempt to link Islam and terrorism, and denounces the offensive cartoons of the prophet.” Saudi clerics have too condemned the caricatures, however have additionally cited the prophet’s “mercy, justice, tolerance”. Another outstanding sheikh known as on Muslims to not overreact.
The Arab Gulf state of Qatar additionally condemned what it described as “the dramatic escalation of populist rhetoric” inciting non secular abuse. In a press release, the federal government mentioned inflammatory speech is fuelling requires the repeated concentrating on of almost 2 billion Muslims around the globe by way of the deliberate offending of the Prophet Muhammad and has led to a rise in hostility towards Muslims.
Bangladeshi protesters gathered in entrance of the primary Baitul Mokarram Mosque in downtown Dhaka Tuesday morning. The group walked towards the French Embassy, however police intercepted the march, which ended with out violence.
Protests have additionally been held just lately in Iraq, Turkey, Gaza and in opposition areas of northwestern Syria managed by Turkey-backed rebels.
Rezaul Karim, the pinnacle of the Islami Andolon group in Bangladesh, known as on France to chorus from displaying caricatures of the prophet.
“We, the Muslims, never did caricatures of other religious leaders,” he mentioned.
“Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad as an ambassador of peace . . . Macron and his associates did not learn anything from history,” he added, earlier than calling on Muslims to boycott French items.
Karim additionally mentioned Macron needs to be handled for his “mental illness,” remarks just like these made days earlier by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s been essentially the most vociferous in his criticism amongst political leaders in saying Macron wanted his head examined and had misplaced his approach. France has since recalled its ambassador to Turkey and different European nations have defended Macron.
Bangladesh’s management, nevertheless, has not come out in criticism of France, as Turkey, Pakistan and different Muslim-majority nations have accomplished. Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million largely Muslim folks, is ruled by a secular structure.
In the Middle East, Kuwaiti shops have pulled French yogurts, cheese and bottles of glowing water from their cabinets, Qatar University cancelled a French tradition week, and calls to avoid the French-owned Carrefour grocery retailer chain have been trending on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.